Braces for Teens in Houston, TX
The majority of orthodontic treatment begins between the ages 11 and 15. This is because by 12 years old, all of the permanent teeth have erupted for most people. Treatment can be completed most efficiently at this point.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often happy to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Call our office for an initial complimentary examination where we will be able to determine the best time for the treatment and outline the treatment plan, the treatment duration expected, and the approximate cost for the treatment.
Teenagers have the following options to achieve a beautiful smile:
Metal braces are the most popular options. Many of our teenage patients love getting to come in for their appointments and get their color ties changed to match their friend's braces or designing their own pattern.
Ceramic (Clear) Braces
A popular alternative to metal braces for many older teens and adults, ceramic clear braces are a less noticeable solution to straightening your smile. Many of our teenage patients who are performers or are just concerned about the appearance of braces really appreciate the looks of ceramic braces.
Invisalign® Teen Treatment
Invisalign® Teen treatment is available to teenagers who want to straighten their smile without wearing braces. These removable aligners are a popular alternative to braces, though it's good to keep in mind that they are also are a big responsibility and must be worn as prescribed in order for them to effective.
Does My Teen Need Ortho Treatment?
Here are a few things to look for that mean your child may need to see an orthodontist for an evaluation:
- Crowded or protruding teeth
- Uncomfortable bite
- Top teeth overlapping bottom teeth
- Jaw is too far forward
- Spacing in between teeth
- Jaw popping or clicking
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